young woman uses TikTok filter to look like a Tim Burton character

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Tim Burton TikTok challenge underscores lack of diversity in his films

Tim Burton certainly has a type.

Oct 23, 2020, 2:18 pm*

Internet Culture

Audra Schroeder 

Audra Schroeder

TikTok’s new Time Warp Scan effect has produced a niche challenge: Trying to make yourself look like a Tim Burton character.

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The filter is essentially a blue line that "scans" the screen and can warp faces, bodies, and objects. People have gotten very inventive with filter, turning themselves into Christmas trees and genies. But by pulling down the skin under your eyes and moving your fingers down your cheeks at just the right moment, some users discovered they kind of look like Tim Burton characters. Well, at least ones with big eyes and hollow cheeks. Which is a lot of them.

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One of the trends within this challenge is people calling out the glaring lack of diversity in Burton's films. In 2016, the director fumbled a question about why his films are always so white, and people took matters into their own hands, using makeup and art to create characters.

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Not everyone got the results they wanted from this trend, but perhaps it's also time to talk about the unattainable beauty standards Burton has put into the world.

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*First Published: Oct 23, 2020, 2:16 pm